Skinny Puppy started their brand of industrial noise terror was back in 1982. The band never bothered with commercial success but they are accreted with paving the way for many industrial bands in the eighties and early nineties. Skinny Puppy should be put in the same inspirational league with the likes of throbbing gristle, Kraftwerk, and many early synth pioneers. It's been however a long time since their first EP Remission in 1984 and 2011's Handover has been a long time in coming. The Greater Wrong of the Right (2004) and Mythmaker (2007) with the untimely death of Dwayne Goettel in 1995 cEvin Key and Nivek Ogre seemed to have lost sight of what Skinny Puppy use to be: one of the most creative bands around. Thankfully that vision is back! Handover does not sound like leftovers from an Ohgr but a Skinny Puppy release that incorporates a large pallet of electronic sounds and effects, mixed with elements of dance, post-industrial, electronica and even breakcore.
That does not make it easy listening like older Puppy releases. Tracks like Brownstone with its rambling words will remind older fans of Barp, Noisex with it erratic beats and strange vocal sounds show the old experimental side of Skinny Puppy. There quieter moments, moments that reminds you of The Process and guitar driven tracks of Rabies.
Handover was always going to be divisive. Older fans, like me struggled get into the post-Dwayne releases yet Handover, for us, is the best SP release to-date. Newer fans coming into SP from 2004 will find Handover's experimentalism hard to swallow if not accustomed to the SP back catalogue.
Handover is a fine addition to this pioneer bands discography and again shows the pretenders how this type experimental electronic music should be executed. Anyone with an ounce of interested in electronic/experimental/industrial music should buy this release.